Meet the Leadership Team

All members of the HSMAI Greater New York Chapter, with the exception of one, are volunteers who spend countless hours every month ensuring members receive the greatest value, inventive marketing strategy techniques, and social networking opportunities.

Whether we’re developing educational programs, planning and running events, searching for sponsors, helping students, developing communication materials, or rewarding top industry professionals, our organization is dedicated to exceptional service.

We do it for the love of the hospitality business, and our desire to continually improve careers. We aim to expand both professional and personal relationships for all members. Our chapter receives new members each year, and with that growth our leadership team continues to expand and diversify to exceed all of your expectations.

Chris White

Chris White


Kelly Otto

Kelly Otto

VP of Communications

Lori O’Connell

Lori O’Connell

Immediate Past President

Consuela Hooblal

Consuela Hooblal

VP of Professional Development

Kathie Stapleton

Kathie Stapleton

Executive Director







Andrea LoPiccolo- Director of Awards & Recognition

Affinia Manhattan, Denihan Hospitality Group

Dayna Zeitlin, CRME – Director of Collegiate Relations


Lucy Mui – Director of Community Outreach

The Hotels Network

David Mignano – Director of Digital Strategy

Pyramid Hotel Group

Aaron Serrato – Director of Member Engagement


Mel Carter – Director of Member Recruitment & Retention

InterContinental NY Times Square

Cody Hoyer – Director of Partnerships & Sponsorships

iVvy Pty Ltd

Chris Buckelew – Director of Marketing

PM Hotel Group 

Markus Boeker – Director, Attractions


Gladys Mouton DiStefano – Director of Program Venues

At Your Service Party Planning

Julie Houde – Director of Program Content

Wyndham Hotels

Derek Brewster, CRME – Director of Revenue Management

Lotte New York Palace

Frank Stapleton – Director of Special Events

Monarch Group

Jane Pearsall – Director of Networking Socials

Best Western International

Lucille Yokell – Director-at-Large









Peter McNamee – Awards & Recognition
Doubletree NYC Chelsea

Anne Marie Wilson – Awards & Recognition
Empire Hotel

Louise Zhao, CRME – Collegiate Relations

Christopher White – Community Outreach (Silent Auction)
Hotel Indigo Lower East Side

Nastassia Welter – Community Outreach (Monthly Raffles)
Leisure Pass North America LLC

Isaac Pacheco – Partnerships & Sponsorships
Hornblower Cruises & Events

Iona Popa-Gaskins – Revenue Management




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